Chelsea played with nine players against Everton

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Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has revealed Chelsea played with nine players in the 1-0 defeat to Everton because Timo Werner and Kai Havertz flopped badly.

He told talkSPORT: “Timo Werner struggled, he hasn’t scored for six games. I saw him against Rennes and I thought he was really poor.

“He’s devastatingly quick and he’s got a goal record, I expect him to get one at Chelsea too.

“He found it very difficult [at Goodison Park]. Kai Havertz, too, was absolutely on the fringe of the game – and he’s another very talented player.

“It felt like, at times, they were playing with nine men. They just didn’t make anything happen. [Olivier] Giroud didn’t get any service.

“Everton handled the game brilliant, [Carlo] Ancelotti showed his experience in the way he set up his team.

“Allan and [Abdoulaye] Doucoure were superb, they marshalled it well and they did a job.

“Chelsea are dangerous, they’ve shown how good they can be offensively. I thought [Christian] Pulisic would play, but for some reason he didn’t make the bench.

“Credit to Everton, I thought Alex Iwobi played really well, so did Mason Holgate.”

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